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RATINGS: 494   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   IBU: 22   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Travel to a time of brewer’s lore, when smoke was spelled "smoake," when dark beers held the collective hearts and mind of the people of merry old England. Believe it or not, back in the 1850s, Porter ruled the beer world, and no one brewed Porter like the brewers of London. Drawing their water from the Thames, blending old and new batches, and experimenting with new types of malt, Porter evolved throughout the years, and probably at one time held some substantial smoakiness. Arcadia’s London Porter draws on this rich historic tradition, but adds a few special twists to make it all our own. The flavor of London Porter is multi-layered, starting with a bold, pleasing sweetened coffee richness, which gives way to round and subtle smoke, much like a delicately smoked ham. Porcine sweetness is capped by a gloss of fig jam or cherry compote, fruity and complex. Faint pear and hay notes barely poke through, reminders that there are some delightful American Glacier hops under all the finery.


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1.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
brian_c_welch (2) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2012
Aroma is OK with hints of leather, chocolate, toffee and cocoa. Appearance is a black mahogany with about a finger head that dissipated with a quickness. Tastes like chewing tobacco; was bummed I wasted money on such a sub-par offering.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
deepeary (226) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 21, 2015
Bottle from LCBO. Pours black with tan head that doesn’t last too long. Nose is bittersweet chocolate and roasted malt. Taste is more roasted malt and chocolate notes. Very balanced and smooth. Bitterness on the finish is just right. Creamy-ish mouthfeel. Hard to stop sipping.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jksipa (440) - Newmarket, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 4, 2015
Bottle from the LCBO. Dark cola colour with just a small tan sheet of head that is quickly gone. Nose is smoke, espresso, toffee and chocolate with some plum and cherry. Bitter chocolate and and coffee throughout with only a light sweet caramel backing. Some tartness in the middle through the finish and a smokiness present throughout. Medium full slick mouth with average carbonation and a dry finish. Lots of nice layers.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sudomorph (768) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 30, 2015
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2015 Labelled London-style porter. 12oz bottle from the lcbo. 7% abv. Pours black with a half finger, tan head. Aroma has great notes of roasted malts, dark chocolate, caramel,hints of nuts, soy sauce, and coffee. Taste is bitter but balanced. Caramel, dark fruits, dark chocolate, coffee, and a touch of peanut. Medium-full body with a medium carbonation. Clean in the mouth with a big, dry finish. Overall pretty tasty. A lot going on.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
terrybail (694) - London, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 27, 2015
12oz bottle from the LCBO Very nice smoked porter the smokiness is not over done well balanced

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GregClow (2932) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 11, 2015
Bottle from the LCBO. Dark orange-brown with a thick tan head and a small bit of sediment. Aroma is interesting - dark coffee, bit of woodsmoke, earthy hops poking through, and a slight sour tone. Flavour follows - coffee, smoke & dark chocolate up front; dry roast, semi-bitter hops, and a bit of sourness in the finish. I’m honestly not sure if the sour notes are supposed to be there, but I’m not complaining, as it works well and adds some nice complexity. A really fine beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Johnsense (894) - - DEC 30, 2014
Black pour with a thin beige head. Coffee and roast aroma. Roasted malt, coffee, light molasses sweetness and smoke coming through in the finish. Medium body.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
b3shine (6064) - Indiana, USA - DEC 24, 2014
Draft to taster at Arcadia in Kalamazoo. Looks good; a lightly translucent very dark amberish brown with very light beige head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells solid; dark malt and dark chocolate with light notes of coffee and smoke, and a touch of caramel. Tastes like it smells with a medium-bodied mouthfeel. Enjoyable.

3.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
codfishh (120) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2014
Jet black thin tan head, not much aroma some light coffee. Tastes of dark coffee with a hint of smoke that provides a bit of sweetness. Lots of bitterness, the body is a little thin. Finish is nice and dry.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
robinvboyer (3329) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 7, 2014
6er from the lcbo. Ery dark pour, small beige head, just the slightest light gets through. Light roasty malt, some coffee, and some nice smoke notes, with touches of peat. Sily mouth feel, very soft carb. Quite bitter, super roasty, loads of smoke, and some coffee to round it out, with subtle lactic notes. A very nice porter.

1.6
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
probstblueribbon (3157) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 5, 2014
12 oz bottle from LCBO, served cool in a tulip glass.

App.: Deep brown-black with a nice tan head. Aroma: Lots of infected vinegar smell, seems like roasted malt behind that, awful. Palate: Medium+ body and fairly full carbonation. Flav.: Infection as acidic character with some decent roasted malts that come through more than in the nose, seems like it would be good in “normal” circumstances; dry with an acidic twang and fair bitterness, the finish isn’t terrible.

Better grab another bottle of this...it has potential.


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